St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jifigz
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This beer is a tad colder than it should be for the optimal enjoyment. I am going to attempt to drink it slow and allow it to warm a bit.

The beer pours a dark brown with a huge head that disappeared quickly. The head left no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with dried fruits like raisins and prunes. The initial flavor is very sweet like the fruit flavors. The middle rounds out a bit with a molasses like sweetness an the end is a somewhat spiced dryness. The alcohol is only mildly present in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery and not quite what I was expecting. The carbonation level is also a bit high, which I feel is also the case with their Pater 6.

This is a nice beer but just like their Pater 6 is doesn't stack up at all to their ABT 12.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz poured into St. Bernardus Goblet.

A- Muddy brown with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, mine had a bunch of little particles in it which isnt uncommon for the style but not exactly attractive.
S- Sweet raisins and figs up front, some belgian yeast but its a really fruity smelling beer. Some roasted malt but mostly the dark fruits come through.
T- Not as fruity as the smell leads me on but there is still a good presence of dark fruits. A nice breaddy taste that I love, some caramel and roasted malts. Honestly, this thing is hard to pick out individual flavors because its so well blended and balanced.
M- Holy crap, LOTS, I mean LOTS of carbonation. really comes alive in your mouth, but in my opinion, its a little overkill. Leaves you with a dry aftertaste.
O- I had just tried the Pater 6 and thought it was excellent and was hoping this would be the same but a tiny bit better but i actually prefer the 6. Having said that, its a great brew.

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Photo of ahq514
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep brown color. Has a solid one finger head that eventually diminishes to a fluff atop the beer. Seems to have low carbonation. Nice spots of lacing.

Has a strong malt presence in the nose. Sweet dark fruits are dominant in the nose. The main difference between this and the 6 seems to be that this one has a sweeter and stronger malt presence. The yeast characteristics really come through more in the nose as well, getting more belgian spiciness.

Tastes just like it smells. Strong sweet malt right up front, followed by strong dark fruits. A nice dose of spiciness from the yeast. Matches the aroma very well. Touch of alcohol on the finish.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Good drinkability.

Overall a good beer and similar to the 6, but it seemed to impress me slightly less. Still, a really good belgian beer. Would enjoy it again without question.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Kromes
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Hazy dark brown with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Dark fruits, plum, roasted malt, a touch of clove.

T: A much bigger dark fruit flavor than the Prior 6. Some raisin and plum with the roasted malt and belgian yeast flavors. The beer finishes with a mildy clove fruity flavor with a little alcohol.

M: Medium body and high carbonation provide a spicy feel. The beer does foam up a bit.

O: Very good dubbel. I like this dubbel much more than the Prior 6. It is interesting how different the two actually are within the same style.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into tulip. Freshness date in 2015.

A: Dark copper, a bit hazy. Head dissipates almost instantly except for a little pool of foam but good lacing remains.

S: Yeast up front with some exotic spice, followed by mellow dark sugar and grass.

T: Initial impression: this is a true to style excellent dubbel. Dark sugar, round yeast profile with just a twang of metal. Wine like character mixed in, grassiness of Sauvignon blanc and some Concorde too. Aftertaste is long and consistent with main flavors, eventually veering a bit into the higher alcohols.

M: Mouthfeel is a velvety low attenuation balanced by lively carbonation.

Overall, this is a true winner, can well be considered a definition of the style along with greats like Westmalle, La Trappe, Sterkens and Ommegang.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of hippityhops85
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into St. B's chalice.

Pours dark brown and murky. Minimal head that just forms a ring around the circumference of the glass.

Nose has candied raisins, Belgian yeast, sweet malts.

Taste is dry with some beautiful spiciness and wonderful Belgian yeast flavors. Carbonation is spot on adding to the dryness. Incredibly smooth.

A quintessential Belgian dubbel in my opinion and one that all dubbels should be rated against. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sourdough and earthy yeast. The color of watered down coffee with a nice finger of tan head. Some of that breadiness comes back again in the palate, a bit dry and crisp with a medium body and some spicy alcohol. Definitely let it warm.

A nice dubbel, a little too brut for my taste but still a worthwhile visit.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown into a Belgian beer glass with big frothy head, minimal lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt figs,raisins Belgian yeast stirs my senses. Not syrupy with plenty of ever essence and carbonation. Can smell that Belgian candied sugar.

Huge malt taste, smooth and creamy mouth feel, aftertaste of malt with hint of slight hint of hops.

Wonderful example of Belgian dubbel without the ass kicking ABV. If you have a taste for something Belgian on a lower scale, grab one of these. Getting more for those occasions.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,483 ratings
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